Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 | 9:20 p.m.
All good things must come to an end.
Clark High’s Trey Woodbury faded away as he lofted a high-arcing 3-point shot near the rafters of Bishop Gorman’s “House of Glory” — the same rafters that hold the Gaels’ banners for the past five state championships.
During that span, Bishop Gorman’s basketball team had won 75 consecutive games against Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (NIAA) opponents.
When Woodbury's shot sliced through the net, it gave Clark a seven-point fourth quarter lead and signaled the end of that streak.
The Chargers held on to beat Bishop Gorman 68-62 Tuesday night to move into first place in the Southwest League.
“I just felt like we made a statement,” Woodbury said.
The junior scored 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting and added four assists and three rebounds.
“It’s big for us,” said Clark coach Colin Darfour, who missed Clark’s 70-63 loss to the Gaels on Jan. 3. “(My players) wanted to prove to everyone that it doesn’t matter the venue; we have a shot to beat Gorman every time we step onto the court.”
Bishop Gorman jumped out to a 12-4 lead early in the game after Chuck O’Bannon Jr. and Christian Popoola Jr. hit back-to-back 3-pointers to open.
“We had no answer for anything they were doing in the first three quarters,” Darfour said. “They were just making every shot with hands in their faces.”
Bishop Gorman led 31-28 at halftime and 44-42 heading into the fourth quarter, but Clark turned up the pressure on defense in the final period.
“In the huddle before the fourth quarter we just said we had to pick it up,” Woodbury said. “I came out with energy and it showed right at the beginning with a couple fast breaks.”
Woodbury capitalized on many of Bishop Gorman’s 18 turnovers, turning them into slam-dunks and layups on the other end.
“It was huge,” Woodbury said. “We play hard on defense the whole game and it started to show at the end when they started turning the ball over and we got into transition. When we get buckets in transition, that’s when Clark really starts to get going.”
O’Bannon did everything he could to keep Bishop Gorman’s streak alive, scoring a game-high 21 points, including five 3-pointers. He made shots from well beyond the arc in a last-minute comeback attempt, but Clark’s Jalen Hill hit six straight free throw attempts to close the game out.
“Hill had ice water in his veins tonight,” Darfour said. “He’s been clutch from the line in all of our close games.”
Hill finished with 17 points and five rebounds, and senior Deshawn Wilson had 10 points and five rebounds for the Chargers.
With the win, Clark moves to 20-3 overall, 8-1 in league play and controls its own destiny for the top seed in the playoffs. The Chargers should win out against Spring Valley, Sierra Vista and Bonanza to clinch home-court advantage.
“This game was a statement but we have to keep working because I know (Bishop Gorman) is going to come back harder,” Woodbury said. “We have to keep working to make sure we can take state.”